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The SLA blog contains news about the SLA and topical information of general interest to our members. The blog has been running since 2004. An RSS 2.0 feed and information about how to subscribe to the blog are available.

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Dyslexia Assist

Dyslexia Assist is a  newly formed charity set up by a group of parents who have struggled with supporting their children throughout their  education.  The main aim is to develop an interactive site where parents and children can share advice and learning tips in an informal and accessible way.  

The children's section and blogs on the website have the text loaded as audio files and ‘ recite ‘ software  operates across the whole website. It is published in dyslexic font, so that all users can access the content, with the aim for parents and children to contribute and the web site to grow and develop organically. By uploading learning tips and experiences the hope is to empower students by viewing their ideas on line as well as providing ideas for others that might suit variations in learning styles.

Download their poster to display in the library.

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Academic Honesty online course

Academic Honesty TrainingAvailable to study now on the SLA website!

A brand new online course for understanding Academic Honesty. This course will focus on the need for students and staff to be aware of the serious nature of plagiarism. The course consists of 6 modules and on completion you will gain a certificate from the School Library Association which can be used as evidence of continuing professional development (CPD). Visit our online CPD training pages for more information.

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Thank you!

Just Text Giving LogoIt's so lovely to get a surprise at work - and Wednesday was just such a day!  An email from Vodaphone Just Text Giving telling us how much you had donated to us and that it was transferered to our bank account that day!  We really appreciate the support - a big thank you to all that had taken the time to do it.  If you haven't and would like to - details are here .

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Find your inspiration at Education Show 2015

Ed Show 15The Education Show 2015 will be returning to NEC, Birmingham on 19 to 21 March for another successful year and this time, it’s taking a different approach to help visitors tackle educational challenges head on.

A rich offering of new content, inspiring training and development, and pioneering educational suppliers will be available throughout the show. The Education Show 2015 will be providing all of the insight you need for a successful career in the world of education, including innovative teaching resources and practices to educational charities and organisations. Each year, the show attracts professionals from primary, secondary and higher education backgrounds, all offering a wealth of knowledge and experience in their field.

To help visitors plan their route around the show, the British Educational Supplier’s Association (BESA) will be on hand at the BESA Show Information Point. The association’s knowledge and experience will help visitors plan their time at the event.

The Education Show 2015 takes place from 19 to 21 March at the NEC, Birmingham. To register for your free, fast-track pass, visit the website.
 

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Worcestershire's Awesomest  Book Award 2014-15

The results are in! Shortlist for 2014-15:

Stephen Backshall                  Ghosts of the forest
Theresa Breslin                       Ghost soldier
Rachel Hamilton                     The case of the exploding loo
Dave Lowe                              My hamster's got talent
Chris Ryan                              War dog
Django Wexler                        The forbidden library

Award ceremony to take place 25th March 2015 in Worcester's County Hall Council Chamber where we will have a quiz based on the books and author John Dougherty to talk to the children.  Check out the website.
 

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Job Vacancies: South Hampstead High School - Librarian

Required for a January/February 2015 start

Full Time Salary £30,907 - £32,967 pro-rated to term-time only

36 hours per week, 10am - 6pm [excluding breaks]

Term-time only (2 weeks to be worked during school holidays)

SHHS seeks to appoint a dynamic, enthusiastic and creative qualified Librarian to lead the operation of the School’s Library services, in conjunction with the current post-holder.  Responsibilities include effective management of the Library Management System, library website, promoting literacy initiatives and supervising pupils.   

The successful candidate will be confident, highly organised and passionate about the role.  Excellent verbal and written communication skills are required as is experience in all aspects of ICT including MS Office, Library database management and the internet.

The appointment will be conditional on receipt of a satisfactory enhanced DBS disclosure and the person appointed will be required to work in accordance with the Child Protection Policy.

Application forms and a fuller job description may be obtained from the school website – http://www.shhs.gdst.net/506/about-us/working-with-us/support-staff-vacancies/

Closing date for applications is 1st December 2014.

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Guiness World Record Attempt 2015

NLD 2015In the build up to National Libraries Day on February 7th 2015 Barbara Band is planning to co-ordinate a new World Record attempt - here are a few early details.

  • The record is going to be "The most books exchanged in 8 hours (at multiple venues)" - the current record is 2868 books (although this was done at one location).
  • It is being held on Friday 6th February from 8am to 4pm.  Some of you may want to involve staff and parents in this so you can run the book swap alongside a coffee morning.
  • Ideas of things to do will be available when more publicising is done later, but you can basically make it as large or small as you want. You can run it for the whole 8 hours (which covers before and after the school day), breaktimes, in an English lesson, etc. This event is also more inclusive than the other GWR as younger children can participate whereas before they needed to be old enough to write the story within the timeframe - so Barbara is hoping that we will get students of all ages bringing in books to swap from board books to sixth formers.
  • This is going to be open to any UK school, as with the previous record it is for "UK school librarians and their students".
  • The guidelines will be confirmed as soon as they are available.

Last time there were over 70 schools and over 3000 students participating ... let's make it bigger and better in 2015!  Please direct any queries to Barbara.
 

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Yorkshire and Humberside Branch: EPQ Course

Don't delay, book today!

Places are still available on the Supporting the Extended Project Qualification training day which is taking place at Leeds Art Gallery on 1st December.  Trainer - Sarah Pavey. 

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Job Vacancies: Leweston School, Dorset - Librarian

 

Leweston School is seeking to appoint a suitably qualified Librarian to manage the main school Library and to oversee the running of our Junior Department Library.  The successful applicant will provide a stimulating environment that effectively contributes to delivery of the curriculum and supports pupils in developing study and research skills, making use of appropriate learning resources.

For further information and to request an application pack please contact:

Sue Risborough

Leweston School,

Sherborne, Dorset DT9 6EN

Tel: 01963 211016

Email: hr[at]leweston.dorset.sch.uk
www.leweston.co.uk

Closing date for Applications: Monday 1 December 2014

Interviews: Friday 5 December 2014

Leweston is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff to share this commitment. An enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check will be required.

A Catholic Foundation which welcomes pupils of all Denominations

Leweston is a registered charity number 295175.

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Job Vacancies: Small Heath School & Sixth Form Centre - Learning Resource Centre Manager

Grade 3/4 £18,638 - £26,539

Required as soon as possible

Full time, 36.5 hours per week

Small Heath School is a highly successful split site, inner city school.  We have been judged outstanding by OFSTED on four consecutive occasions and we achieved an outstanding outcome in 2014.  Our two school sites each contain a resource centre which are home to our study and homework clubs.  Both resource centres include high quality multimedia facilities and a laptop loan service operates for students.  We are seeking a person with good ICT skills and passion for working with students and staff to continue to raise standards of reading and literacy and to contribute to our whole school focus on learning.  There will be opportunities to contribute to our out of hours learning programme 

If you are interested then:

  • please come and visit us or
  • telephone Mrs Frances Wilson, Deputy Headteacher for an informal discussion or:
  • visit our website www.smallheathschool.org.uk for further details and an application form.

“Leaders, teachers and parents expect every student to achieve highly. …Students get the support and help they need to make excellent progress”  Ofsted 2014

Closing date: Midday on 5th December 2014 -Previous applicants need not apply.

Small Heath School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. The successful applicant will be required to undertake a DBS Enhanced Disclosure.               

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Job Vacancies: St Albans School - Librarian

Required for the start Summer Term 2015

Full Time Salary £32,000 - £33,000 pro-rated for 38 weeks annually

We are seeking to appoint an enthusiastic and creative qualified Librarian to lead the operation of the School’s Library services.  This key role proactively assists both staff and pupils with the effective use of a diverse set of library information resources in addition to continuously developing the resources available.  Responsibilities include effective management of the Library Management System, promoting literacy initiatives, supervising pupils, managing the Library team and Library budget.   

Essential requirements for this role are a degree or post graduate degree in librarianship/ information studies and Chartership, or working towards Chartership, of the CILIP.  Strong previous experience ideally gained within a school/higher education environment will demonstrate a strong commitment to enhancing learning, facilitating independent learning and encouraging reading for pleasure.

The successful candidate will be confident, self-motivated, highly organised and an experienced manager of people.  Excellent verbal and written communication skills are required as is experience in all aspects of ICT including MS Office, Library database management and the internet.

Hours are full time, 37 hours per week, for 38 weeks per academic year (term time plus up to 2 weeks during school holidays).  The appointment will be conditional on receipt of a satisfactory enhanced DBS disclosure and the person appointed will be required to work in accordance with the School’s Policy for Child Protection.

Application forms, accompanied by a CV if desired, with a covering letter should be sent to the Headmaster’s PA, St Albans School, Abbey Gateway, St Albans, AL3 4HB or email jgalloway[at]st-albans.herts.sch.uk. Applications forms may be obtained from the St Albans School website www.st-albans.herts.sch.uk.

Closing date for applications is 28 November 2014. 

Interviews to be held week beginning 8 December 2014.

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Is IL the Cinderella of Skills in your School? THERE IS A BETTER WAY : Birmingham, 25 November 2014

CLOSING DATE EXTENDED

Our course Is IL the Cinderella of Skills in your School? THERE IS A BETTER WAY , run by Lin Smith, will be held at Peters Bookselling Services, 120 Bromsgrove Street, Birmingham B5 6RJ on 25 November 2014. The closing date has been extended to 17th November 2014.

Key Audience:

Secondary school librarians and library staff

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Raising Achievement: the school library's role in supporting SEN and EAL students in KS2 and 3: Warwickshire SLS, Warwick, 2 December 2014

Don't delay, book today!

Our course Raising Achievement: the school library's role in supporting SEN and EAL students in KS2 and 3, run by Alec Williams, will be held at Warwickshire SLS, Unit 11a/b Montague Road, Warwick CV34 5LT on 2 December 2014. The closing date is 18 November 2014.

Key Audience:

School Librarian and library staff; teachers with responsibility for EAL and Special Needs teaching; support staff in libraries and classrooms.

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KidsLitQuiz 2014

FW  Photograph of the Winners of the E Midlands Heat  2The KidsLitQuiz kicked off last Friday with it's first heat -  East Midlands, took place at Ecclesbourne School  It was a great evening and Ecclesbourne School A team won which means that they will be taking part in the National Final on the 4 December at King’s College School in Wimbledon.  There are 18 heats altogether.  

The East Midlands winners are:
1. Ecclesbourne School A  2. Highfields School, Matlock  3. St Thomas More School, Buxton

Watch for further results on the KLQ website.  Congratulations to all the winners!
 

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critical literacy for school librarians in Manchester

Sarah McNicol is going to be running a half day workshop on critical literacy for school librarians in Manchester on the afternoon of Tuesday 25th November from 13:00 to 16:00 pm. The venue is Manchester Metropolitan University, Birley Building, Bonsall Street, M15 6GX.
It's a free workshop, but places are limited. If you have colleagues (or contacts in school libraries) who might be interested, please feel free to forward the details to them.
You can book a place at: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/critical-literacy-for-school-librarians-tickets-13749393807
Critical literacy has been described as a 'new basic'. It is a set of skills, dispositions and strategies intended to enable students “to challenge text and life as we know it” (McLaughlin & DeVoogd).
This half day session will outline the ideas underpinning critical literacy, focusing on what it means for school librarians and they ways in which they support students in the evaluation of texts. It will also give you an opportunity to try out different ways of teaching critical literacy through the analysis of a variety of texts.
Although this session is aimed at school librarians, anyone with an interest in this topic is very welcome to join!

 

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New SLA Guide to World War I

World War IThe SLA is proud to launch the latest in our Riveting Reads series, outlining some of the key literature on World War I for the school library.

"One hundred years after the First World War, that war to end wars, one of the very few ways left for us to remember is through the written word" writes Michael Morpurgo in his foreword to this important new title.

Listing many of the flood of new and classic U.K. publications on the First World War, this comprehensive annotated booklist will be an invaluable resource to school and public librarians as they help their users, both primary and secondary aged pupils, to commemorate and try to understand the scale, complexity and tragedy of this war that devastated the lives of millions of people across Great Britain and its Empire, its European neighbours and indeed most of the entire world.

Available to order now on the SLA website: ISBN 978-1-903446-87-4.

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New literacy resources for Annie - in cinemas December 2014

Reg Page 02National Schools Partnership are excited to be involved in promoting the new film 'Annie' in association with Into Film, through free resources and 'The gift that costs nothing' competition. The resources have a Literacy focus and are aimed at KS2 pupils to create an online book with a digital story writing too, which will help develop their creative writing skills.

You can see the sign-up page here:

http://www.nationalschoolspartnership.com/annie.php

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IBBY Christmas Cards 2014

IBBY Xmas 14This year’s IBBY UK card is designed exclusively by Axel Scheffler on the theme of giving books for Christmas.

Last year’s very popular design by Jackie Morris is also available as a separate pack. All the previous years’ cards with seasonal images from books by Jan Pienkowski, Michael Foreman, Jane Ray, Shirley Hughes and John Burningham are also available for sale. These come as single illustrator packs or as a multi-pack with two cards from each of the five illustrators.

For further details and order form visit the IBBY website: www.ibby.org.uk

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IASL 2015 - Maastricht

IASLYou are invited to submit a proposal for the next IASL conference, which will be held in Maastricht – The Netherlands, from June 28 – July 2, 2015.  The theme of the conference is: The school library rocks: living it, learning it, loving it.  Submissions can be for research and professional papers, workshops and posters, with a submission deadline of December 1, 2014.

All details and a submission form are available at http://iasl2015.org/call-for-papers/

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Information Book Award 2015: Submissions open for 2015

We are delighted to invite submissions from publishers of information books to nominate their 2014 titles for consideration.  Full details and a nomination form are available to download below.

Submission Press Release

 

 

Nomination Form

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SCHOOL PUPILS BECOME PUBLISHED WRITERS - AND THEIR WORK WILL SUPPPORT TEENAGE CANCER TRUST

NSSW 2015A group of young people have become published writers while still at school. The thirty two pupils have a story published in an anthology to celebrate National Short Story Week. Their stories were chosen from nationwide entries to last year's National Short Story Week Young Writer competition for year 7 and 8 pupils.

The anthology â€' "The Mistake: 32 stories to make you think, shiver and smile" â€' is published on Monday November 17th, the start of this year's National Short Story Week (and can already be pre-ordered). It will be available as an ebook and paperback exclusively from Amazon. All proceeds from the anthology will be donated to Teenage Cancer Trust.

National Short Story Week Director, Ian Skillicorn, says: "We couldn't think of a better way to celebrate the talent of our young writers than to have their work available in print, and for that work to help young people and their families who are going through a challenging time in their lives. Not only are these pupils now published writers, they can take great satisfaction in knowing that their stories will make a difference to other young people just like them."

"Our young writers were very inventive in how they chose to interpret the title "This Mistake." Their stories show a remarkable level of maturity, and encompass serious issues such as the tragedy of war, bullying, gambling and homelessness. But there are lighter moments too, and some poignant explorations of what it is like to be a young person growing up today. Whether making us think, shiver or laugh, these young writers have all written highly accomplished tales."

Hailey Acton DeBoik of Teenage Cancer Trust says: "We are ever so grateful to be benefiting from this wonderful project. What an innovative way for young people to help other young people by showcasing their talents."

Young Writer, and the overall winner of the competition, Gemma Craig-Sharples of Ursuline High School in London says: "I was really happy when I found out my story had won. I hope people enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it."

 

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Job Vacancies: CARDINAL NEWMAN CATHOLIC SCHOOL - Librarian

 

NJC Scale SO1/2 - £24,892 - £28,992 per annum, pro rata

37 hours per week, term time only

The Governors are seeking to appoint a suitably qualified and experienced Librarian to manage the main school Library.  The successful applicant will provide a stimulating environment that effectively contributes to delivery of the curriculum and have a desire to contribute to independent learning by supporting students in developing study and research skills, making use of appropriate learning resources.

Previous library experience and high level interpersonal skills are

essential.

This is an exciting opportunity for someone with energy and enthusiasm enhanced by clear organisational skills and an ability to work with students and staff in a modern facility.

Closing Date: Monday, 17th November at 10.00am

Further details and application forms are available here:

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or on our website www.cncs.co.uk or by phoning Reception on 01273 558551

Please send completed applications via e-mail to recruitment[at]cncs.co.uk  

Cardinal Newman Catholic School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people.

                                  

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